Brighton seal promotion to Premier League

Chris Hughton intends to unleash his first-choice starting XI against lowly Wigan as Brighton gun for promotion to the Premier League.

"I'd like to get promoted first, the aim of this season from the outset was to gain promotion and that still remains our number-one target", said Stephens, who joined the Seagulls from Charlton in 2014.

Brighton will bring with them to the Premier League a likeable manager, a modern stadium, a talented squad and a loyal chairman who loves the club as much as the season-ticket holders.

PLAY in next season's Premier League after securing automatic promotion from the Championship.

Third-placed Huddersfield needed to better Brighton's result on Monday evening, but David Wagner's men drew 1-1 with Derby at Pride Park in the later kick-off.

With a seven point gap back to Newcastle in second, the club can claim the Championship title on Friday with a win over Norwich.

However, despite looking highly likely, their promotion was not yet confirmed.

"I knew we had a group of lads that were capable of doing it, but being capable of doing it and actually doing it are two different things".

Brighton thought they had a second just moments later but Dunk's close-range header was ruled out by the linesman for push, shortly after Jake Buxton had denied Hemed with a late-ditch clearance. They suffered more misery in the play-offs as Sheffield Wednesday beat them over two legs. They've been good all season. They've bounced back and shown good determination and desire to win as many game as possible.

It marks an incredible turnaround for a club who were nearly relegated from the Football League in 1997.

For 3 rounds to the finish of the campaign in the league Championships football club Wigan returned to the struggle to preserve the propiska in the Championship of England.

"I had a very strong team at Newcastle and, in the end, we won comfortably enough, but expectations were high".

  • Leroy Wright